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Dental FAQs


I have dental anxiety. Can sedation dentistry help me and what types do you offer?

Yes. With sedation dentistry, you can remain relaxed throughout your treatment. At our practices, we offer nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, for a light to moderately sedate state, as well as oral conscious sedation, which allows the patient to be awake but completely relaxed throughout the procedure. For more complex dental procedures, such as oral surgery and full mouth reconstruction, we offer IV sedation which allows the level of sedation to be adjusted.

My old crowns have dark lines at the gum line. Can you fix this?

Yes! The dark line around the gums often appears with crowns that have metal under the porcelain. We can replace these types of crowns with all-porcelain crowns that eliminate the dark line and look completely natural. We offer several all-porcelain restorative dentistry options to replace your old crown. if we choose to make a porcelain to metal crown, we have the lab fabricate a porcelain margin on the crown to eliminate the darkness at the gum line.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, we use the POLA teeth whitening system that has been proven safe and effective for most patients. All soft tissue, including the lips and gums, are protected during the treatment, and the whitening gel is gentle yet highly effective. We help ensure our patients’ safety by performing a thorough examination before teeth whitening to make sure there are no existing problems, such as gum disease or tooth decay, that can make teeth more sensitive to the whitening process. 

I’m missing teeth. What are my tooth replacement options?

We are proud to offer our patients dental implants, a modern solution to missing teeth. Implants are made of titanium, that take the place of the tooth root in the jawbone. We attach a custom-made artificial tooth on the post for a natural look. The entire implant dentistry procedure, including the surgical placement of the implants, is performed right at our office. For patients who aren’t good candidates for implant dentistry, we also offer dental bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth. A SnapOn Smile is also an option to consider. If you are missing all your teeth, we can do a combination of a few implants with dentures to offer you a more stable option than just having dentures without implants.

How do I know if I'm a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

If you have been considering undergoing a cosmetic treatment to improve your smile, ask yourself these questions to see if cosmetic dentistry is right for you.

  • Are you embarrassed about smiling in public?
  • Do you ever cover your mouth with you hand when you smile or speak?
  • Are you unhappy with the way your smile appears in photographs?
  • Do you wish your teeth were whiter, smaller, larger, less crooked?
  • Do you feel that too much or too little of your teeth show you smile?
  • Would you like to change size or shape or your teeth and gums?
  • Do you have spaces or gaps between your teeth?
  • Are you considering orthodontic treatment to achieve a perfect smile?
  • Do you have misaligned or crooked teeth?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a good candidate a cosmetic procedure.

What is instant orthodontics?

Instant orthodontics is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves the artistic placement of porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and/or dental bonding to create the illusion of a straight smile. It is called “instant” orthodontics, because we can create immediate results without the need to wear braces. Instant orthodontics is designed to create permanent results that look completely natural.

How does Invisalign work?

The Invisalign®system  uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move the teeth into alignment over time. These aligners are removable, so you can eat and care for your teeth as normal, and since they are made from clear plastic, they are nearly invisible. The patient wears each set of aligners for about two weeks, and then replaces them with the next set in the series. Each set of aligners gradually move the teeth until they are in proper alignment.


GEMS Dental
13303 Champion Forest Drive, Suite 5
Houston, TX 77069
Phone: 281-500-8468

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